On what has to turn around against the “defending champs”:
Score the first goal – it always gives you the momentum – and to deal with adversity during games is really important. You don’t always have the lead, or you don’t always get things your way. I’m not really focused on that we’re playing the defending champions, we’re focused on trying to play our game.
On what Teddy Purcell brings to the team:
Hopefully that element of a little bit of scoring opportunity or scoring chances. I think he has the ability to do that and to create and hang on to pucks in the offensive zone.
On looking to get create more chances closer to the net, as opposed to the perimeter:
I think it’s evident – we have to be a lot firmer of a group going to the goalie in those areas. I think we do a really good job of putting pucks there. We don’t have a lot of natural finishers on our team – that’s obvious – so you’re going to get a lot of second and third opportunities. Screen, tip, rebound, that sort of thing, and you want to be a high shot volume. If you look just at the last game, if there was any frustration on my part coming into [this] game, it was we only gave up 10 or 11 shots and the other team has three or four goals, and we’ve doubled that but don’t have any goals, so the next part of that would be the you need some more. The goalie has to not only make the save, but he has to be able to not see some of the saves he makes.
On Tom Gilbert’s hit on Nick Ritchie:
I totally disagree that there should be any sort of hearing or anything, at all, and usually I’m all in the, ‘what’s the right call,’ and it doesn’t matter if it’s your team or the other team, but I totally disagree with it. Quite honest, there were ones on him that should’ve been looked at. So I totally disagree with it. I’ve got nothing, that’s just how I feel. I was shocked and surprised to hear that.